Despite the best efforts of NJBIA and other groups, and even though a court appeal is ongoing, the enforcement of the payroll tax is going into effect. In order to comply with Jersey City’s payroll tax ordinance and online instructions, the first quarter tax filing deadline needs to be met by April 30, 2019.
For the appropriate forms, information on registering and filing, and FAQs regarding the payroll tax, please visit Jersey City’s Payroll Tax website by clicking here.
Additionally, we have included a sample protest letter that should be filed as soon as possible in order to preserve your right to potentially obtain a refund of the payroll tax if the appeal is successful. For a copy of this letter, please click here.
In November, Jersey City approved a payroll tax requiring all employers located within Jersey City to pay a 1% tax on their gross payroll. All tax revenues will support the City of Jersey City public schools.
NJBIA worked every step of the way to protect our members and prevent this payroll tax. We opposed legislation authorizing Jersey City to implement the tax as it made its way through the legislative process.
Once it was passed, we met with many members of the Jersey City Council expressing our opposition, initiated a letter writing campaign amongst our membership, and testified in opposition at two Jersey City Council meetings. After the ordinance was approved by the Jersey City Council we joined the legal effort challenging the payroll tax.
NJBIA worked with the Partnership for Jersey City, a diverse coalition with representatives from businesses, unions, and trade associations to stop the tax. NJBIA worked closely with the Hudson County Chamber of Commerce, New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, New Jersey Apartment Association and New Jersey Restaurant & Hospitality Association in this effort.
If you have any questions, you can reach out directly to Jersey City at email@example.com, or me at AMusick@njbia.org.